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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Aug 9, 2010 10:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Hunter's Archive

Judging from the number of people below that have never read RH's letter to Jerry copied below, I thought it might be a worthwhile post to remind folks of the following site. RH has been long active in the internet space, and this page is a treasure trove of fascinating reading:


If some of you have never been there, you're in for a treat.

Edit: Bumped for the guy below asking about Hunter in cyberspace

This post was modified by Jobygoob on 2010-08-10 05:10:49

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Aug 6, 2010 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hunter's Archive

A couple of years ago I spent a fair amount of time on this site, but then somehow kind of forgot about it, probably because it seemed to me that R.H. wasn't keeping up with it, either.

Anyway, it's high time I re-visited it, so thanks for the reminder!

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Aug 5, 2010 4:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hunter's Archive

I hope he has a basement or garage full of paper archives, too, that he'll eventually give to Santa Cruz. One of the most wonderful minds of my generation. He needs a more lasting legacy than hist Web site, which could vanish at any moment.

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Aug 6, 2010 6:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hunter's Archive

Well of course there's the legacy of the entire catalogue of brilliant songs he wrote with JG but I know what you mean. He's written books of poetry, some of which are out of print and archived on that site. What I find most fascinating are the scores of emails that were written to him and his personal responses to them. It gives such insight and is an inspiration to me to have such access to the man's thoughts and beliefs. Here's a quote I found in one that I'm sure many of you will find illuminating. He was responsing to a rather despondent woman who was lamenting the state of the scene since Jerry's passing:

"In your forties lots of closure, often via death, is bound to happen. There's more and more of it decade by decade. Moving on is more a fact of life than a decision consciously made.

Say, for example, the band had continued, with a break for a heart bypass operation for Jerry, and the problems with the crowd escalated even more? Suppose the shows became insuperably problematic to attend? It was not only headed that way, you know, it was full upon us. And say the music was suffering for this, the whole inspiration - because what kind of thoughtful musicians would expose crowds to that kind of thing just to make money or jam?

What I'm driving at is the very likely probability that you and many others would find that what was so good and moving in what the GD was being destroyed by circumstance. Entropy, if you will. What happened had to happen pretty soon, whether via death or retirement. The fractalization into smaller units, forced by necessity, is probably the only real solution. Downscaling for the Dead was impossible. We were about ready for another quantum leap and it would have been a disaster.

So, doesn't it seem possible that your present blues might just as well have been effected by a different cause? Loss of faith rather than loss of what once engaged your faith? A lot of people were already caught in that quandry. The music was often not all that hot and many didn't like what we were becoming. A mega-stadium powerhouse. Venues were closing their doors to us. Violence was erupting. It was a personal quandry for me. I often felt we should call it a day. Jerry often felt the immanence of true disaster. But who rides the tiger fears to dismount."